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Voting System Deemed Unfair

Plaid Cymru is pushing for a change in the way we elect UK government.

Plaid Cymru has kick-started a cross-party campaign for proportional representation, in a bid to redress the unfairness of the current electoral system.

The current UK voting system used to elect the UK Parliament is known as First Past the Post.

This way of voting takes place in constituencies that elect a single MP each.

Voters put a cross on a ballot paper next to their favoured candidate and the candidate with the most votes in the constituency wins.

All other votes that fall short are not recorded.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding this way of electing Government in the UK as people feel their vote just does not count if they go against the majority.

Speaking ahead of a conference organised by the Make Votes Matter campaign, Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader, Hywel Williams MP said that democracy was being undermined by an unrepresentative voting system, denying swathes of voters a say in the future political direction of the country. 

Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader Hywel Williams MP said, "There is a growing demand from the public for all parties to embrace a fairer, democratically accountable voting system, one which reflects the voting intentions of each citizen in a more proportional way."  

"This much-needed change can only be achieved if all parties work together to redress the current imbalance and drive forward support for a fairer Westminster voting system." 

First Past The Post is the second most widely used voting system in the world, after Party List Proportional Representation. It is used across Africa in places that are, or once were, British colonies such as Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Proportional representation is an electoral system in which the distribution of seats corresponds closely with the proportion of the total votes cast for each party.

For example, if a party gained 20% of the total votes, a perfectly proportional system would allow them to take 20% of the seats in Parliament.

"The Westminster system is badly in need of reform. One of the things that's become clear over the past two to three General Elections is that people feel their votes simply don't count."  

"Plaid Cymru will continue to push for a fairer, more representative electoral system, where every vote at every election in every community has equal weight." 

"A fairer, more proportional voting system would make sure people's choices were fairly reflected in Parliament. People's voting habits have significantly changed but the current voting system simply hasn't caught up with the times."  

"If we as elected politicians seek the respect of voters, it is vital we work together to achieve reform to reflect the growing appetite for proportional representation."  

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